Translation of act in Spanish:


actuar, v.

Pronunciation: /ækt//akt/

intransitive verb

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    • 1.1(take action, do sth)

      I'm acting on behalf of my client actúo en representación de mi cliente
      • we must act now tenemos que tomar medidas inmediatamente
      • The collective consciousness wants a just world and now realizes individuals must now act to secure one.
      • I have never come across a business so brilliant, nor one so destined for bankruptcy by 2002, so you must act now.
      • Based upon no common agreement on publicly available information, the Democrats say we must act now.
      • But they must act tomorrow if they are to convene the Northern Ireland Assembly to elect a new first minister.
      • Labour must act now or more unions will sever their link.
      • We must act, not only in defence of our sisters and brothers in other countries, but for our own children and our own future.
      • In the wake of Silent Spring all industrialised societies acted to reduce pollution.
      • This body must act now to urge our fellow legislators in the United States Senate to alleviate this crisis.
      • Shipley's Labour MP said the Council must act quickly.
      • However, in the long run, we believe that politicians must act in the interest of all of those who participate in elections.
      • The rock of Mother Jones' faith was her conviction that working Americans acting together must free themselves from poverty and powerlessness.
      • We must act before we are punished for moving too slowly.
      • In these circumstances, players may also use an assistant who cannot view the playing court and must act only on the player's instructions.
      • To be expedient, we must act within the bounds of international law consistent with consensus among the emerging allied coalition.
      • Investors must act quickly if they want to roll their capital into another tax-free plan, writes Jessica Bown
      • The world has to act - and it must not wait another 10 years to do it.
      • That is what we need to insist upon and that is what we must act upon.
      • The Greens leader says the world can save lives if it acts quickly and Australia must be part of that.
      • The city council needs to act sensitively, but it must act to facilitate public use of our green spaces.
      • We in turn must act to save the fish from the fishermen and remind them that that once the fish are gone, they won't even be able to chuck dead fish back into the sea.

    • 1.2(function, work)

      (chemical/drug) hacer efecto
      (chemical/drug) actuar
      it will take a while to act tardará un rato en hacer efecto
      • Wine drunk on its own tastes different when taken with food, because the wine acts on food in a similar way to spices.
      • The forum is also looking for volunteers to act as rangers along the trail.
      • Nobles could act as foster parents to the sons of kings and other nobles' sons.
      • Both supplementary bodies are composed of experts acting as governmental representatives.
      • The High Court ruling is timely and would have served the purpose if it acts as a deterrent.
      • The scientists further found that the crumpled ball displayed a phenomenon known as hysteresis, in which the effect of forces acting upon an object lags behind its cause.
      • It is almost always given by injecting a drug, which acts so rapidly that you are barely aware that anything is happening before waking up in the recovery ward, or back in bed.
      • We have an opportunity to create a town centre that could act as a meeting place or some point of civic focus.
      • Nitrosureas - a group of drugs that act similarly to that of alkylating agents.
      • In so doing, it was not acting as a constitutional tribunal reviewing the acts of the Council against the Charter.
      • In effect, Labour was serving in government and acting as the formal Opposition at one and the same time.
      • Moreover there is no evidence that public humiliation acts as a deterrent.
      • This remedy is given in a highly diluted form and acts on the body to mobilise the immune system.
      • A chemical is released by one cell and acts on another to complete the circuit.
      • He is now on the hunt for volunteers to act as business mentors to small Cumbrian enterprises.
      • A wide variety of drugs, acting solely on brain structures, influence our minds.
      • Cloud and water vapour may tend to damp down the effects of increased greenhouse gases, or they may act to magnify such effects.
      • Vulgarone B has proved just as effective - and faster acting - than the current treatment against golden apple snails.
      • Cement has been partially effective, as it acts to seal the bone and prevent osteolysis.
      • Jody acts as a foster mum and he had to hand feed the four every three hours for the first four days.
      • Recent studies have suggested that a number of drugs may act specifically to increase healing rates.
      • She has quite literally found herself acting as a foster mother to a very young hare.
      • No. Do I think that the threat of capital punishment acts as a deterrent to serious crime?
      • The data centre also acts as a backup to the US serving infrastructure if required.
      • In sunny spring, the location serves as Paris and in misty autumn it acts as London.
      • He said his organisation acts as a volunteer brokerage service that businesses can use.
      • Spraying a strong disinfectant inside refuse bags also acts as a deterrent to foxes.
      • Thus, the competition between monovalent and divalent cations acts only on the DNA sites and does not act on the mica sites.
      • It was a poison that acted instantly and would appear as alcohol in the autopsy.
      • Nor is their any evidence at all that the threat of execution acts as a deterrent.
      • Police believe their presence also acts as a deterrent against other crimes.
      • The plan proposed Mr Robertson as manager and relied on volunteers acting as core staff.
      • Histamine H 2 receptor antagonists act by blocking the effect of histamine on parietal cells.
      • Bethany also acts as her parents' ears as both are deaf, since contracting measles in childhood.
      • Drug use was pandemic at these shows because drugs act to trigger the transformation into the private self.

    • 1.3(serve)

      to act as sth servir de algo
      • this will act as a warning esto servirá de advertencia
      • she will act as interpreter hará de intérprete
      • For the last two years its leader, who allegedly murdered an RUC officer, has claimed to act for the community.
      • Following this communication, Stone, who had acted for the purchaser in the past, made it known to Smith that he must retain his own lawyer in the matter.
      • The barrister acting for the community council is now objecting to the inspector's decision.
      • Solicitors acting on behalf of a number of officers have written to cinemas and halls pointing out that they may be liable to action should the film be found to be defamatory.
      • The firearms officer is being represented by the Scottish Police Federation, which acts on behalf of rank-and-file police.
      • A Dublin-based firm of solicitors are acting on behalf of the parents of over 100 children with autism.
      • Our back pages are dominated by celebrity drivel spun by agents acting for a handful of English superstars.
      • He also acted for the Ukraine Communist Party and the Ukraine Socialist Party.
      • At the end of August solicitors acting on behalf of Mr King launched a claim for damages at London's High Court.
      • It is about time the party stopped its pretence of acting on behalf of all the people when the only people it represents are the well off, big business and the privileged.
      • They were acting for a local property developer with links to the gypsy community and last month the field became a caravan site.
      • Solicitors acting on behalf of a double murder suspect are to take an appeal against his extradition to the Dutch High Court in The Hague.
      • According to the new regulations, a representative who acts on behalf of visa-seekers must be authorised and could be an immigration consultant with good standing in the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants.
      • We act on behalf of very high-profile clients who would, I consider, find a lap-dancing club deeply objectionable and offensive.
      • I understand you act for the airline, and there was a dispute there some time ago about drug and alcohol testing.
      • The purchaser was a solicitor acting on behalf of a client.
      • They will now have to wait to hear whether solicitors acting on behalf of the accused man ask for a second post-mortem examination.
      • The first stages of a High Court hearing will be heard later this month involving a Dublin law firm acting on behalf of up to 12 individual clients.
      • As such, unions were represented in local and national government and sought to act for the community.
      • After the hearing, Holt, who acts for the twins, said: ‘The award will make a very significant difference to the twins' quality of life.’

    • 1.4

      (head/chairman/director) interino

  • 2

    they acted irresponsibly actuaron / se comportaron de forma irresponsable
    • just act as if nothing had happened haz como si no hubiera pasado nada
    • sorry, I acted like a fool perdón, fui muy tonto / me comporté como un tonto
    • stop acting like a child! ¡no seas infantil!
    • she always acts very polite toward us siempre es muy cortés con nosotros
  • 3

    • 3.1(perform)

      (as profession) ser actor
      she's always wanted to act siempre ha querido ser actriz
      • At three he was Jesus in a Nativity play; at 10 he had a theatre role, four years later he was on television and at 16 he acted in a short film.
      • The movie is being made, with Angelina Jolie acting in the lead role.
      • Kathryn, who has also been billed as Kathy Morris, as acted in a wide ranges of films and television roles.
      • At a time when most of her contemporaries were sitting exams, she was acting in meaty TV roles.
      • In the next scene, performers are acting again, this time in the role of rural laborers.
      • He is still afraid of accepting film roles, despite having acted in more than 300 films over the past 29 years.
      • He has also acted in a prominent role in a Telugu film.
      • He spent a term at RADA in 1940 before acting with repertory companies in Liverpool and Bideford, Devon.
      • She was very strong in the leading role, singing and acting well, while Lee was very creditable as the prince.
      • Pryor gives the best performance of his career and proves that he can truly act in a dramatic role as well.
      • It's also a film that reveals a new beauty which was buried inside all the comedy roles he had acted in.
      • When I'm actually presenting, I'm on stage in a role, I'm acting almost.
      • Boorman, son of the director John Boorman, had acted in 24 films since a childhood role in Deliverance in 1972.
      • She began to act in male roles as a child and this continued even later.
      • He has acted in over 30 films and 60 television serials.
      • He is considered to be more of an ‘artist’ than most Tamil actors because he acts in non-stereotypical roles.
      • If you were to act in a Raj Kapoor film which one would it be?
      • Is it because, except for the 4 main actors, none of the rest can act to save their roles?
      • He acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2002, in Island Princess, The Malcontent, Edward III and The Roman Actor.
      • Filmmakers were quick to spot his talent as he started acting in several small roles.

    • 3.2(pretend)

      he acted all nonchalant hizo como si no le importara
      • don't act innocent/dumb with me! ¡no te hagas el inocente/tonto conmigo!

transitive verb

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    (part/role) interpretar
    (role/part) hacer
    the play was very well acted la obra estuvo muy bien interpretada / actuada
  • 2

    (behave like, play role of)
    it's no use acting the innocent es inútil que te hagas el inocente


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    acto masculine
    it was a foolish/brave act fue una locura/un acto de valentía
    • an act of aggression una agresión
    • an act of treason una traición
    • the government's latest act was to free the prisoners la última acción del gobierno fue liberar a los prisioneros
    • destroying the animal was an act of kindness sacrificar al animal fue un acto piadoso
    • these acts of violence will not go unpunished estos actos de violencia no quedarán impunes
    • my first act was to … lo primero que hice fue …
    • by an act of God por caso fortuito
    • the Acts of the Apostles los Hechos de los Apóstoles
    • I was just in the act of writing to you precisamente te estaba escribiendo
    • to catch sb in the act sorprender a algn in fraganti
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    ley feminine
    an act of Parliament/Congress una ley aprobada por el Parlamento/Congreso
    • to pass an act aprobar una ley
  • 3

    (division of play)
    acto masculine
    a one-act play una obra de teatro de un solo acto
    • a play in three acts una obra en tres actos
  • 4

    número masculine
    a comedy/juggling act un número cómico/de malabarismo
    • it's time for the government to change its act ya es hora de que el gobierno cambie su enfoque
    • to be a hard / difficult act to follow ser difícil de igualar
    • to do a disappearing / vanishing act esfumarse como por arte de magia
    • to get into / in on the act meterse en el asunto
    • to get one's act together organizarse
    • to smarten up one's act enmendarse
  • 5

    it was all a big act era puro cuento / puro teatro informal
    • to put on an act hacer teatro
    • don't be taken in, he's just putting on an act no te dejes engañar, está haciendo teatro

Translation of ACT in Spanish:



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